The fascinating life of 94-year-old pioneering New Mexico “Gran Dama” Concha Ortiz y Pino de Kleven has now been chronicled in a new, authorized biography by Kathryn M. Cordova titled, ¡Concha! Concha Ortiz y Pino: Matriarch of a 300-Year-Old New Mexico Legacy (La Herencia Gran Via 2004).

Taller Puertorriqueño, a Puerto Rican arts center in Philadelphia, will commemorate its 30th anniversary with a new exhibit called Isla del Burén: The Taíno and their Predecessors in Puerto Rico. This is the first art exhibition of the Puerto Rican Taíno (The Taíno were the dominant culture in the Caribbean in pre-Columbian times) to be shown in North America.

On Thursday, November 4 at 8 PM at the Bergen Performing Arts Center located at 30 North Van Brunt Street in Englewood, NJ.

Dance Cuba: Dreams of Flight is an epic that sweeps across modern US-Cuban history as it intertwines riveting personal stories that are as steeped in romance, tragedy and drama as the great ballets.

A Venezuelan music educator and a Brazilian nongovernmental organization received the first WCO Awards: Peace Prize for Arts and Culture presented by the World Culture Open tonight at a ceremony in Lincoln Center.

On Friday, Sept. 17, 2004 at 7:30 p.m. MECA will present Colombian poet Carlos Hugo Gamboa M. The evening will also include a classical guitar performance by Rodrigo Gamboa, Carlos Hugo's son.

Mercury Mambo announced that the agency has been selected to promote the revival of Zoot Suit as the theatrical production celebrates its 25th anniversary with a national tour stop in Austin. The show will be held at the Paramount Theatre in downtown Austin from September 14-19, 2004.

Teatro Visión, a San José-based Chicano theater company, announced it will celebrate its 20th anniversary this 2004-2005 season with two audience favorites -- the heartwarming comedy, Real Women Have Curves, and the hard-hitting contemporary drama, Santos & Santos.

After museum hours, dance the night away in the beautiful grand foyer and adjoining mammal halls of the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County. The Rhythms of L.A. is an evening of live music and dance that represents L.A.'s rhythmic history and diversity.

Three Cuban-American Miami natives—all students at NYU’s Tisch School of Dramatic Arts--will make their New York off-Broadway stage debuted on August 13th, at 9:30 p.m., at the Eighth Annual New York International Fringe Festival in A Place Without Seasons, a full-length drama written by Marco Ramirez.

AmericArtes! is a multi-year Latin American festival weaving together the movement and the metaphor of the vibrant cultures of Latin America in a host of music, dance, theater, film, visual, and literary arts programs. Performances and events on the Kennedy Center’s main stages, Millennium Stage, and in the Terrace Gallery showcase the eclectic mix of regional cultures in Latin America, reflecting the indigenous African, Spanish, and Portuguese influences that flavor the unique arts of the Americas.

Hip hop fans across the country will have the opportunity to see today’s top Latino hip hop artists perform together in the Latino Kings of Hip Hop Tour. The tour begins July 28, 2004 and will be headlined by multi-platinum artist Fat Joe along with his group, The Terror Squad, and will include artists Frankie J, Play-N-Skillz and Tony Sunshine.

Eugenio Derbez, Latin America's top comic, will guest star in Rick Najera's hit comedy Latinologues in a special performance taking place at the newly renovated Ricardo Montalbán Theatre in Hollywood on Saturday, July 31 at 8:00 p.m.

After a successful, three-year Off-Off Broadway run, a Latino Flavored Production, reaches new heights in a limited run on Off-Broadway this summer. An honest and funny look at what it means to be Latina in America, it explores the stories of six diverse women growing up bi-lingual, bi-cultural and proud to declare YO SOY LATINA!

La Verdadera Historia de Pedro Navaja (The True Story of Pedro Navaja) crosses the waters of the Caribbean following triumphant presentations in Puerto Rico at the Centro de Bellas Artes in Caguas and the Centro de Bellas Artes in San Juan. The Spanish-language musical blockbuster makes its Florida premiere in the Au-Rene Theatre at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts Friday, June 18 at 9 p.m. and Saturday, June 19 at 3 p.m. and 9 p.m.

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